1913 – Born on the 7th of November in Mondovi, Algeria to a French Algerian (pied noir) settler family. His mother was of Spanish extraction. His father, Lucien, died in the Battle of the Marne during the First World War, while serving as a member of the Zouave infantry regiment. He was an Algerian-French author ..
1905 – He was born on the 25th of July this year in Ruse, a small port in Bulgaria on the river Danube. His ancestors were Sephardi Jews who had been expelled from Spain in 1492. The original family name was Cañete, named after a village in Spain. Elias spent his childhood years, from 1905 ..
1924 – Truman Capote was born on September 30th in New Orleans, as the son of a salesman and a 16-year-old beauty queen, Lillie Mae Faulk. An American novelist, short story writer, and playwright. 1966 – Capote gained international fame with his ‘nonfiction novel’, "In Cold Blood", an account of a real life crime in ..
1600 – Born in Madrid, Spain, on the 17th of January. Educated at the Jesuit College in Madrid, the Colegio Imperial. 1620-1622 – Calderón competed with success in a series of poetry competitions held in honour of St Isidore at Madrid. 1623 – His debut as a playwright was with Amor, honor ..
1813 – Born on October 17th in Goddelau, Hesse-Darmstadt (Germany). German dramatist, a major forerunner of the Expressionist school of playwriting of the early 20th century. 1830-1934 – Caught up in the movement inspired by the Paris uprising, Büchner published a pamphlet in Giessen calling for economic and political revolution, and he also founded a ..
1927 – Born on April 4th in New York City. American drama critic, director and playwright. 1959 – He has served as drama critic at the New Republic. 1965-1979 – He was the Dean of the Yale School of Drama. – He founded the Yale Repertory Theater. 1994 – He published numerous books ..
1812 – Robert Browning, born on the 7th of May in London. Major English poet of the Victorian age, noted for his mastery of dramatic monologue and psychological portraiture. The son of a clerk in the Bank of England in London, Browning received only a slight formal education, although his father gave him a grounding ..
1778 – Brougham was born in Edinburgh on the 19th of September. 1800 – Brougham chose law as his profession, and was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates. 1803 – He gained such a reputation, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society at the age of only 25. – He quickly ..
1898 – Born on February 10th in Augsburg, Bavaria. German poet, playwright, and theatrical reformer, one of the most prominent figures in the 20th-century theatre. 1914 – Brecht began to write poetry as a boy, and had his first poems published. 1917 – Brecht enrolled as a medical student at the Ludwig Maximilian University of ..
1820 – He was born on the 26th of December. 1838 – His first play, A Legend of the Devil’s Dyke opened in Brighton. 1853-1860 – He resided in the United States, where he was always a popular favorite. Boucicault and his wife toured the nation and he wrote many successful plays there. 1864 – ..